Prince William and Kate Middleton recently welcomed their third child, a boy whom they named Prince Louis. Kate, who’s always lived up to the hype, looked flawless and fresh as she emerged from the ward few hour after giving birth to her son. If you wondered how Kate managed to look so good straight after giving birth, well, the secret seems to lie with a technique called ‘hypnobirthing’.
New Delhi: Prince William and Kate Middleton recently welcomed their third child, a boy whom they named Prince Louis. The Duchess of Cambridge delivered her third child on St George’s Day (23 April), less than six hours after she was admitted to the Lindo Wing of St Mary’s Hospital, in Paddington, after she went into labour in the early hours of Monday. As usual, Kate, who’s always lived up to the hype, stunned the world with her flawless and fresh look as she emerged from the ward few hours after giving birth to her son. Since then, speculation is widespread about the details of the birth of the royal couple’s third child.
Catherine looked radiant, glowing, and predictably fresh-faced as she stepped out from the hospital with her husband and her new son just seven hours after giving birth, and of course, she was wearing a beautiful red Jenny Packham dress for the third time. And if you wondered how the Dutchess managed to look so good straight after giving birth, well, the secret is reportedly due to a technique called ‘hypnobirthing’. Perhaps, reports also suggest that the Kate used the technique of hypnobirthing during the births of her older children Prince George and Princess Charlotte
So, what exactly is hypnobirthing and how does it work?
Basically, hypnobirthing is a mind-body technique that is becoming increasingly popular among parents seeking a natural birthing experience with less pain than existing methods. It is claimed that the technique helps the mother remain calm and controlled from the moment she goes into the labour, thereby alleviating any stress or discomfort. Experts claim that the process helps women achieve a deep state of relaxation, a shorter first stage labour and hospital stay, as well as less intense pain, less fear and anxiety after the birth.
According to HyponoBirthing International - The Mongan Method, it is a program that considers the psychological and physical, as well as the well-being of the mother, her birth partner, and the newborn, regardless of context, whether that be in the quiet of a home, or a hospital.
Interestingly, the birthing style also appears to be popular among celebrities, with prominent figures like Angelina Jolie, Jesica Alba and Gisele Bundchen revealing to have used the technique.
“Basically my husband takes me through sort of a meditation. So he’s like saying, ‘You’re relaxed and you’re floating on clouds, while you’re going through labour and your contractions,” said mum-of-two Jessica Alba, as she described the birthing technique to Ellen DeGeneres.
“He just sort of does a guided meditation. I’m just concentrating on breathing and staying relaxed because it’s when you get tense that makes the whole labour worse and more painful. That’s all it is. It’s not like a weird thing,” she added.
Does hypnobirthing happen in India?
It seems the natural childbirth technique is available at clinics here and most mum-to-be read Marie Mongan’s book on the subject before they opt for the process, reported The Times of India.
A brief history of hypnobirthing
It is said that the birthing method is based on the work of Dr Grantly Dick-Read, an English obstetrician and founder of the Natural Childbirth Trust (NCT. Dick-Read postulated that women who were calm during labour pain tended to experience less pain than women who were scared. Hence, he believed that if women can learn to remain calm, the uterine muscles relax and in this relaxed state, the body also secretes endorphins - chemicals produced naturally in the body to cope with pain or stress.